30 Million Words

Est. 2016


Close the gap in number of words (30 million words, by age 4) heard by low-income children, increase the presence of books in the children’s lives (0.4 in low-income homes vs 199 in affluent homes), and create a positive experience related to reading.


People Serving People, Minneapolis, MN
Children’s Hospitals of MN


30 Million Words hosts Book Bashes: fun, celebratory events that provide one-on-one mentoring centered around a culturally relevant book. Children are paired with a Junior League volunteer that reads the selected book and participate in creative arts and crafts related to the book. Children are then given a copy of the book to take home, keep, and continue to read it again and again.